6,000 Lost Jobs


    ANN ARBOR — University of Michigan economists estimate more than 6,000 workers will lose their jobs over the next three years as a result of Pfizer’s plans to close three of its Michigan plants.

    While 2,410 Pfizer jobs in Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo and Plymouth will be eliminated this year and next, U-M economists Donald Grimes and George Fulton say another 3,723 spin-off jobs at other businesses, including government, will vanish through 2009.

    Washtenaw County will take the brunt of the job losses (3,952, or 1.6 percent of all jobs in the county, by 2009), but virtually all of southern lower Michigan will be affected. Oakland will lose 670 jobs, Wayne 447, Kalamazoo 425 and Macomb 187.

    In addition, Grimes and Fulton predict that 3,650 people will leave the state over the next three years as a result of the Pfizer closures. Most of the outward migration will occur in 2008, but population losses in Michigan will continue for several more years, with more than 5,300 residents gone by 2012.    

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